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DCM: What gave you the idea of coming up with a Jim Morrison tribute bike?
Jochen: First of all, I've always been a hard core Doors fan and I think I will always be a Doors fan until the day I die. So it's no real surprise I ended up with that theme. But this story begins years ago when I sold my bike after I had a serious surgery. Ever since then, it was missing in my life. In 2010 I decided to pick it up again...but the question was: which bike do I actually want to have? At this stage I wasn't contemplating a custom bike at all, just a mean blue chopper, which I wanted to christen "Blue Lady", like Morrison's Shelby Mustang GT 500.
DCM: The artwork and attention to detail is uncanny from the photos of the bike I've seen. How did you find the person who did such great work and who was it?
Jochen: Dirk, of course. The bike was all made by him under my direction. This guy is an all-round artisan if I've ever seen one - and an excellent mechanic as well. In the seventies and eighties he was one of the few airbrush artists and designers in Germany. For some reason he gave that up, went in to marketing until he one day he decided he didn't want to do that anymore. He said, "screw it, this is not me. I wanna do something more creative." So he built a show bike, dragged it to the "International Custom bike Show" in 2009 and walked away with the award. Ka-BOOM! Art on two wheels, that's his mission. And it shows, as you can see for yourself.
DCM: How long has this project taken to complete?
Jochen: It took about 18 months from the initial idea to full completion - and we really needed that time. If we had rushed it, it wouldn't have turned out to be the bike that it is now. Most ideas came up during the construction process.
DCM: Did you help in the design process?
Jochen: I think Dirk and I were mutually dependent in this project. I had to introduce him to the Doors mythology, all the symbols and concepts that most of us take for granted, and are alien to an outsider. We talked for hours about Morrison, the third of July, Paris, the events and the feelings that were important to me, then and now. I've got lots of pictures, but fortunately I've also written down a few stories, because in the course of time we tend to forget some of the details that are important, especially when you're engaging in a project like this. Dirk was very eager to absorb it all, since it was all important for him to know what bike he was supposed to build.
DCM: Can you tell us about the engine and other details high lighted on the bike?
Jochen: It's got a 1400 cc engine from a Suzuki Intruder. It's got Harley pipes, a Harley 21" front wheel, an AME "old skool" frame and an AME 16" rear wheel. The handle bar, stretched tank, air filter, covers, fender and lots of other parts I can't come up with right now are all custom designed by DIME. We tried to keep as close to the sixties as possible, so gauges and stuff are all kept in that retro style.
DCM: Is this going to be every day transportation for you? Or just used for special occasions?
Jochen: No, not every day. I'll probably only drive it when the weather is perfect. Or when we're invited to show it off at a custom bike show - which we probably will. The phone has been ringing off the hook. Just this week we were contacted by the local newspaper who wanted to do a full page article for the Saturday supplement. How they found out about it, I have no idea. I wouldn't be surprised all if one of these days a television crew showed up at our door.
DCM: Will you ever be driving the bike to Paris for one of Morrison's anniversaries?
Jochen: I don't think I'm going to make it this year, but definitely for the next one.
DCM: The bike was a big investment of time and money.. Does your wife Irina like the bike as much as you do?
Jochen: Absolutely. The colors, the integrated seat and backrest are partly her idea. She's much more meticulous than I am in that regard.
DCM: Will you ever let your son, Freddy drive it?
Jochen: At fifteen he's still a little too young! But I guess he'll inherit it one day, along with my entire music collection. Which he'll probably sell at the flea market: "Old records, two for a buck! No, I'm just kidding. He likes that music at least as much as I do. Now that he's a teenager we go to concerts together to see the old farts perform their old tricks on stage. It's great fun! I like doing that with my son a lot.
DCM: Anything else you would like to add?
Jochen: Dirk Metzer of "DIME Design Custom Cycles" has really made a dream come true. It was a long journey, maybe even a bit longer than I expected at first, but I ended up with a really nice bike and made myself a new friend in the process. I really owe Dirk a lot and it's good to know that there are still people like him walking this earth.
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